Early Birds

These are my first bird shots of the year, from yesterday and today. It’s a bit chilly, but not too bad midday, and getting in some birding has been calming.

The featured image above is of a Carolina Wren, who perched on an old feeder in the back yard and squawked at me rather insistently, as if to demand I get some feed in the feeder. The feeder has seen better days, as have all the feeders on the property, but it’ll have to do until I can replace them all. It’ll be nice to do the bird feeders. They were against the HOA rules where I used to live.

I’d just added the Blue-headed Vireo to my life-lists last fall when I went to Kiptopeke, so it was a pleasant surprise to see one in the back yard yesterday.




I managed to get off one shot of this Belted Kingfisher before it spooked. As far away as it was, I couldn’t see if it was a male or female. Belted Kingfishers are interesting. It’s one of the few species of birds where the female is decorated, rather than the male. The female has a beautiful chestnut-brown stripe across her breast, while the male is plain. The bird’s near wing is in the way in this shot, so there’s no way to tell.




Brown-headed Nuthatches are adorably cute, and their call reminds me of a dog’s squeaky toy.







Ring-billed Gulls are fairly common about everywhere, I think. But this was a pretty large flock (about 60 birds, I think) swooping over the Intracoastal Waterway.